I was surprised when I saw Shi Lin in Lucky Chinatown. There's a Shi Lin near our place but we haven't really eaten there yet. The first time I heard about Shi Lin is from Marc Nelson. He mentioned that Shi Lin serves the best Xiao Long Bao in the Metro. So since we were ready for our lunch, we decided to finally try it out!
Obviously, we ordered the famous Xiao Long Bao.
P230.00 for 10 pcs
Now I understand what the hype is all about! I think that their Xiao Long Bao is pretty affordable but really delicious. I can't say that it's the best just because I haven't exactly tasted all the other Xiao Long Baos but I'd say it's really really good- a must order. And it's very tasty. Add a little black vinegar and some ginger, ooohh you're in heaven! The wrapper is cooked just right, it's not too thick and not too thin either. The sauce inside combined with the black vinegar glides ever so smoothly.
Spicy Jellyfish P105.00
My husband ordered jellyfish because he really likes it. I didn't taste it but H seemed to enjoy devouring it. Haha!
Spicy Shrimp and Pork Wanton
P125.00 for 6 pcs
I gotta say I did not enjoy this dish that much. It was too spicy for my taste. (H says I don't seem to like chili oil.) I thought that it was too oily. The wantons were drenched in oil so they were soggy. H finished it though. But he didn't give it any compliment either.
Fried Pork Chop and Egg
Fried Chicken Chop and Egg
These two were our main dish and they were a big disappointment! First of all, I ordered the Fried Chicken Chop and Egg, there was too much breading I could not even taste the meat! It was just breading and flour and small slices of meat. And to think that it was more than P200? H did not like his Fried Pork either. It didn't have any taste according to him. And true enough, when I tried it, I had to dip it in soy sauce because it was bland. The only saving grace? There was an enormous amount of rice! It was all rice and just a small portion of meat. Total fail.
Overall, I will not go back to Shi Lin for anything else but their Xiao Long Bao. Maybe I'll try their siomai too or some other dimsum. But definitely not getting their rice toppings anymore. I would have been happier eating at Le Ching and it would cost me half the price.
I wonder what your experience was when you dined here? Any orders I should try? I think their Xiao Long Bao is really worth going back to. But other than that, there are other Chinese restaurants offering better menu.